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Grand Challenges Research Initiatives: Faculty Opportunities 

All Twin Cities faculty are invited to participate in Phase 2 of the Provost's Grand Challenges Research Initiative. Two opportunities are available for faculty: a competitive call for proposals from interdisciplinary teams (pre-proposals due March 20) and a call for participation in a Grand Challenges Research Scholar collaborative for an extended period of interdisciplinary engagement (nominations due March 1). An enhanced opportunity is available through a partnership between the Institute on the Environment and the Provost's Office. Provost Hanson announced the opportunities in January 2017 as part of ongoing efforts to advance the research goals of Driving Tomorrow. 

Grand Challenges Research Report, Campus Conversation Video

The report of the Provost's Grand Challenges Research Strategies Team was posted online in early 2016. The report, advancing the research goals outlined in the 2014 Strategic Plan, is the result of a multifaceted campuswide process to identify areas of exceptional crossdisciplinary strength where the Twin Cities campus might stake out special claims as a research university, as well as additional strategies to advance the University's strategic research goals. Extensive summary information is posted elsewhere on this site.

View GC Research Campus Conversation (video). The Feb. 16 event in Northrop's Best Buy Theatre featured brief presentations and Q&A with Provost Hanson and three faculty members from the GC : Marc Hillmyer, Sarah Hobbie, and Joe Soss. 

Provost Hanson in fall 2016 announced the first Grand Challenges research collaborations in which the University will invest to advance the research goals of Driving Tomorrow. 

Learn more about the Grand Challenges Research Process